Friday, October 14, 2005

Seasons Change

We have been enjoying an extended summer until today. We have had months of beautiful sunshine and cool evenings. However, I think that that has come to an end today with the dark rain clouds of winter. The kind of dark wet days that make you want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. Anyway, with the change of the seasons I have been thinking about the changes this new year will bring in the seasons of the ministry here.

The student life is returning to SdC and the tourists are fading away with the summer weather. As the students return I would like to ask you to be praying for our team and the café. Santiago has around 40,000 students and that I know of only two small Bible studies for University Students. One is Catholic and the other Evangelical, each with around 30 students. That is literally a drop in the bucket in comparison with the size of the University here.

I would ask that you pray for our team and the students that we meet. Pray that we would meet students with whom God is already stirring something in their heart. Pray that God will give us a voice into the Christian student groups here to challenge them in what it means to live their faith outside the comfortable walls of the Christian circles of friends that they have. Please pray that God will foster and bless our relationships with the small remnant of Christian leaders who are working here in Galicia (our province) and help us to encourage, bless, and challenge them.

Also, pray that God will give our team wisdom as we wade through cultural and historical religious mine fields. Pray that God would guide us in the best way to plant and water in this place. Just as the apostle Paul stated, 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

We thank you so much for your prayers for our family and for this ministry!

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